verb \ˈgrōn\

: to make a deep sound because of pain or some strong emotion (such as grief or disappointment)

: to say (something that expresses annoyance or unhappiness)

: to complain about something

Full Definition of GROAN

intransitive verb
:  to utter a deep moan indicative of pain, grief, or annoyance
:  to make a harsh sound (as of creaking) under sudden or prolonged strain
transitive verb
:  to utter or express with groaning
groan noun

Examples of GROAN

  1. The wounded man groaned in pain.
  2. She groaned when she saw the bill.
  3. Oh, no, she groaned, I'm going to have to start all over.
  4. She groaned that she would have to start all over.
  5. Merchants are groaning over slow holiday sales.
  6. He's always moaning and groaning about his salary.
  7. The chair groaned under his weight.

Origin of GROAN

Middle English gronen, from Old English grānian; akin to Old High German grīnan to growl
First Known Use: before 12th century


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